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August 24, 2008
From journal Indianapolis Experiences
by tina Haflett
July 2, 2004
One of my favorite exhibits is the giant pandas. Lun Lun and Yang Yang are so cute and fun to watch. Another favorite is the orangutans. It is fun to watch them climb around and swinging through the trees. They also have several different types of monkeys and there is a gorilla exhibit! Of course there is also, tigers, elephants, rhinos, zebras, and many more animals to see. It is great to see the animals in their natural environments instead of cages.
From journal Road Trip to Florida
Saint John, New Brunswick
November 25, 2003
From journal Loose In Indy
Quispamsis, New Brunswick
July 23, 2003
There were a large number of exotic animals (rhinos, elephants, giraffes, lions, monkeys and more), North American wildlife as well as domestic and marine animals. There were also sea lions, seals, fish tanks, and a reptile area.
A family could very easily spend the entire day here looking at the animals. If I'd had my children with me, I know that they would have pleaded to feed the animals in the petting area and play in the playground areas. There were also some children's rides on-site (for an extra cost). I didn't eat at the zoo, but noticed that there seemed to be plenty of concession areas and outdoor seating.
The zoo had a dolphin show, which while not quite up there with Seaworld, was pretty darn good. Especially considering the very reasonable admission price.
If I get a chance to return to Indy with my family, the zoo will definitely be on our must do list. (To learn more about the zoo, go to their website.)
From journal Week in the Hoosier State's Capital City
February 10, 2003
The zoo is open year-round with different activities available, depending on the time of year. During the summer months, there is a water play area at the entrance. Kids get a kick out of playing in this area, where shooting jets of water come out of the ground. During the winter, it's time for "Christmas at the Zoo." A spectacular array of lights brightens the paths. For the younger crowd, there's also a Santa for kids to tell their Christmas wishes to.
There are many other activities other than merely walking around looking at the animals. A free dolphin show takes place three times a day. Get there about 20 to 30 minutes prior to showtime in order to get a good seat. The kids will want to sit in the bottom section of stands next to the dolphin tank. Not only can you see the dolphins through the glass, but the trainers also have them jump and splash just enough to get everyone wet who is sitting there! The only bad thing about sitting down below is that you don't get a very good view of the tricks the dolphins are doing on top of the water. The pavilion that holds the dolphin show also has an underwater section where meetings and special activities are held. This room has glass walls with an underwater view of the dolphins.
There is a bird-feeding section in the park where you can pay $1 for a cup of liquid food. The birds in this area are similar to parakeets and are very friendly and not afraid to walk up to you to take a drink. Be careful of this one rowdy little bird . . . he likes to walk up, take the paper cup in his beak, shake it, and dump all the food!
Besides animals, the zoo also has some family activities for an extra fee. All of the following cost $2, or you can get three tickets for $5.
1) Small roller coaster: It's a short ride, but you usually get taken around twice. It's fun for the family and safe for small children to ride.
2) Pony rides: This attraction is for the younger ones. A guide holds the pony and walks you around a small dirt track.
3) Zoo train: Hop on the train for a narrated ride around the entire grounds. The ride lasts approximately 10 minutes.
4) Carousel: What's a zoo without a carousel!
The zoo also offers your basic gift store (at the entranceof the park) along with several places to eat. There are two or three restaurants on site, with our favorite being the newer Dog 'N Suds.
A hint from some of the zoo workers: the best time to visit is in the morning. The animals are the most active at this time.
From journal What to do in the Circle City - Indianapolis